The decision that has always been called forth by Spirit-filled preaching has determined the eternal destiny of the hearers. The apostle Paul pictures preachers of the gospel as "captives of Christ's triumphal procession" spreading "abroad the fragrance of the knowledge of himself!
No danger is greater than that the minister will rely on methods or gimmicks to replace the time-consuming but vital personal contact. Literature, Bible correspondence courses, self-marking Bible guides, cannot do the work of the personal worker in the home or in the church office. The sermon will not do this work. True, some decisions are made as a result of preaching or reading or listening; but only personal work cements these decisions. . .
Some Bible students have supposed that the expression "the Lord's day" in Revelation 1:10 means the judgment day the great day of the Lord, in which He will judge the world and reward every man according to his works. During the period from the eighth to the fifth centuries before Christ, the prophets Amos, Isaiah, Joel, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Malachi spoke of the coming of "the day of the Lord" as a time of judgment and the visitation of His wrath upon the impenitent.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS often present too negative a picture to the public on alcohol-related subjects. We have the "don't do this," and "don't do that" approach often with very limited or short-term effect, without having a definite, positive, counter proposal. . .
Seventh-day Adventists are more restorers, as was Elijah, than we are initiators, as was Moses. "Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things" (Matt. 17:11). The work of the Elijah message in a sense is a message that calls men and women to restore truths that have long been neglected, ignored, or forgotten. . .
O COME, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God" (Ps. 95:6, 7). Prayer is the high point of the church service. At this time the congregation is in direct communion with the Eternal. The reading of Scripture, the singing of hymns, and the preaching of the sermon must be secondary as these functions only speak about God; but when we pray, we are in direct conversation with the Almighty. . .
I WISH to spend a few minutes talking to the leaders about our most important work. We are all leaders in God's cause. Leadership in this day and time demands something different from anything we have given before. First, leadership demands intrinsic value. . .
How is it possible that the use of sugar "affects the brain very directly," could "clog the system," and "when largely used, is more injurious than meat"? For nearly a hundred years Adventists have been puzzled by these early statements by Ellen G. White (Counsels on Health, p. 150).